Craiganour Forest

Mick and I visited this largely unfrequented area north of Loch Rannoch today to walk up Beinn Mholach. We started from Annat and after leaving the right of way to Dalnaspidal were glad of the hard freeze when crossing the very boggy ground west of Gualann Shieleach. A final pull lead up to the impressive summit cairn and expansive views, which were hampered by cloud to the west.

Mick by the impressive summit cairn of Beinn Mholach.

A superb day to be out with a hard frost, low winds and sunshine for much of the day. The ground is largely frozen from the valley up. There was a dusting of snow from around 300m and as we left there were light snow showers at road level. Drifts of unconsolidated snow and soft wind slab were up to approximately 30cm deep on the hill, particularly on eastern and northern aspects. Surface hoar was forming readily and the rocks were rimed.